11 December 2019

The Carlsberg Foundation appoints new BMI-researcher as Young Researcher Fellow

Assistant Professor Helena Safavi has been granted a Young Researcher Fellowship from the Carlsberg Foundation. It will be used for the project ”Venom insulins from killer snails - new ways to target the human insulin receptor”.

One of the Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowships has this year been awarded to Assistant Professor Helena Safavi, who will start as tenure-track assistant professor at BMI on 1 January 2020. With the appointment, Helena, who also holds a Villum Young Investigator Grant, will receive DKK 4.4 million from the Carlsberg Foundation for her research over the next three years.

The project that the grant will be used for is about the characterization of new insulins from snails whose stings are deadly to humans. Helena's primary research area is next generation drug discovery and design from venoms. With this area, she can work with multiple groups from the Department. She will be placed at the 9th floor of the Maersk Tower.

Helena has an MSc in biology and has a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Melbourne, Australia and has spent several years at the University of Utah in the USA.

Read more about the project and the grant